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Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jan Blachowicz among UFC Fight Night 93 additions
(mmajunkie.com)
September’s UFC return to Germany has two new additions, and one of them includes a former title challenger. Former light-heavyweight challenger Alexander Gustafsson (16-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) and fellow contender Jan Blachowicz (19-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) are slated for the event, and bantamweights Brad Pickett (25-11 MMA, 5-6 UFC) and Henry Briones (16-5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) have also been booked. UFC Fight Night 93 takes place Sept. 3 at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Submitted Jun 17, 2016 8:11AM by JLS1980 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Paul Felder vs. Francisco Trinaldo in the works for UFC’s return to Brazil
(mmafighting.com)
The UFC will return to Brazil on Sept. 23, and the promotion is already working on the card. The yet-to-be-named UFC event will feature a lightweight clash between Paul Felder and Francisco Trinaldo, multiple sources close to the situation told MMA Fighting. Felder (12-2), who has competed outside of the United States only once in his MMA career, enters the bout coming off back-to-back wins over Daron Cruickshank and Josh Burkman, improving to 4-2 under the UFC banner.
Submitted Jun 17, 2016 7:14AM by JLS1980 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
An in-depth look at shady billionaire who attempted to buy the UFC and now promotes Fedor in Russia
(bloodyelbow.com)
Russian oligarch share many things in common: ostentatious behavior, lavish lifestyles, and questionable pasts are some of the ones that come to mind. Few, however, can be found in a Moscow gym, dressed in a tracksuit, training with professional fighters. Ziyavudin Magomedov is not your average Russian billionaire. Born and raised in Dagestan, Ziyavudin emerged from a troubled childhood on the streets of Makhachkala to become one of the republic's most prosperous businessmen. According to Forbes, he is the chairman of Summa Group, a "conglomerate invested in port logistics, engineering, construction, telecommunications, and oil and gas." His estimated wealth fluctuates regularly but was recently estimated at 1.2bn.
Submitted Jun 17, 2016 5:05AM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Jorge Masvidal replaces Claudio Silva, meets Siyar Bahadurzada at UFC 201
(mmajunkie.com)
Jorge Masvidal (29-11 MMA, 6-4 UFC) has stepped in for an injured Claudio Silva (11-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and now will meet Siyar Bahadurzada (22-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC 201. UFC officials today announced the change in plans. With the change to the card, UFC 201 now includes: Champ Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley – for welterweight title Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Wilson Reis – for flyweight title Cesar Arzamendia vs. Damien Brown Michael Graves vs. Bojan Velickovic Erik Perez vs. Francisco Rivera Damian Grabowski vs. Anthony Hamilton Matt Brown vs. Jake Ellenberger Ed Herman vs. Nikita Krylov Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Rose Namajunas Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Jorge Masvidal Ian McCall vs. Justin Scoggins
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 7:47PM by Budgellism - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator 160 targeted for Aug. 26 in Memphis
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator could be headed down south for a late summer event on Spike. Bellator 160 is targeted for Aug. 26, and Landers Center in Southaven, Miss., is a heavy favorite to host, multiple sources told MMAjunkie on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the news publicly. Landers Center previously hosted Bellator 120, which featured a light heavyweight grudge match between Quinton Jackson and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal that ended in a controversial decision for Jackson and a raucous post-fight press conference.
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 7:46PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Cortney Casey vs. Cristina Stanciu added to UFC Fight Night 91
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC Fight Night 91 has added a strawweight showdown between Cortney Casey and Cristina Stanciu. The UFC announced the bout on its official website. With the addition, UFC Fight Night 91 includes: Michael Chiesa vs. Tony Ferguson John Lineker vs. Michael McDonald Tim Boetsch vs. Josh Samman Scott Holtzman vs. Cody Pfister Keita Nakamura vs. Kyle Noke Ben Nguyen vs. Louis Smolka Devin Clark vs. Alex Nicholson Alexey Oleinik vs. Daniel Omielanczuk Matthew Lopez vs. Rani Yahya Ryan Hall vs. Alex White Cortney Casey vs. Cristina Stanciu
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 7:43PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
At age 33, John Howard finally freed by diagnosis of clinical autism
(mmafighting.com)
A few months ago, as the ink still dried on his new World Series of Fighting contract, John Howard stumbled headfirst into a conversation he never expected to have. He was midway through a neurological exam, the kind required of 33-year-old fighters who are closer to the home stretch than the starting line, and the discussion turned to his elementary school days in south Boston. The stroll down memory lane ended up being more than small talk. There were certain patterns doctors kept picking up in Howard's stories, little signs that pointed towards a larger narrative, too many to be a coincidence. Howard left that day with a recommendation to undergo a series of non-invasive neurological tests, just to see if there might be something worth unraveling inside that fighter's mind. So he did exactly that, and the results confirmed a reality the UFC veteran always suspected, an explanation for two decades of quiet frustration that Howard never had the science nor desire to seek out.
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 4:41PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Sources: Two groups post bids in $4.1 billion range to buy UFC
(espn.go.com)
Bidding to buy the UFC is drawing closer to an end, sources told ESPN on Thursday. The two bid groups, WME-IMG in conjunction with Dalian Wanda Group, and China Media Capital, had similar bids in the $4.1 billion range, sources said.
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 4:27PM by Poor_Franklin - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 203 Update: Mairbek Taisumov to Face Nik Lentz on Sept. 10 in Cleveland
(sherdog.com)
Mairbek Taisumov will attempt to earn his fifth straight win inside the Octagon when he faces Nik Lentz at UFC 203. Promotion officials announced the lightweight contest on Wednesday. UFC 203 takes place at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Sept. 10 and is headlined by a heavyweight title bout between Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem. Fights announced so far are: Stipe Miocic vs Alistair Overeem - for heavyweight title Ben Rothwell vs Fabricio Werdum Bethe Correia vs Jessica Eye Mairbek Taisumov vs Nik Lentz
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 1:12AM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
With knee finally healed, Mitch Gagnon eyes fall UFC return following lengthy layoff
(mmajunkie.com)
After 18 months on the sidelines, Mitch Gagnon is finally ready to step back into the UFC cage. Almost. “I just started to get back in the swing of things, and I plan on being back in there by the end of the year,” Gagnon told MMAjunkie. Gagnon (12-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) hasn’t fought since a December 2014 loss to former UFC bantamweight champ Renan Barao at UFC Fight Night 58. While the submission defeat was disappointing enough, things got worse for Gagnon afterward, when he discovered that he tore his ACL during the contest.
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 1:05AM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Garreth McLellan vs. Alessio Di Chirico added to August's UFC on FOX 21 card in Vancouver
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC is wasting no time starting to set up bouts for its late summer return to Canada. After announcing UFC on FOX 21 for Vancouver in British Columbia earlier today, the promotion has confirmed a middleweight fight for the lineup. South Africa’s Garreth McLellan (13-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) will take on Italy’s Alessio Di Chirico (9-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on the card.
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 1:04AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Pete Williams vs. Mark Coleman at UFC 17 added to UFC Hall of Fame
(mmajunkie.com)
A heavyweight matchup that provided one of the most surprising and spectacular knockouts in UFC history will be enshrined in the UFC Hall of Fame. It was revealed on Wednesday’s new edition of FOX Sports 1’s “UFC tonight” that Pete Williams vs. Mark Coleman will join Matt Hughes vs. Frank Trigg at UFC 52, as well as Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar at The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale in the UFC Hall of Fame’s fight wing. Williams (12-6 UFC, 3-5 UFC) vs. Coleman (16-10 UFC, 7-5 UFC) joins fellow 2016 inductees Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Don Frye and Bob Meyrowitz.
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 1:01AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Yair Rodriguez-Alex Caceres Headliner, 5 Other Bouts Set for UFC Fight Night in Utah
(sherdog.com)
The bout was announced during Wednesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight.” In addition to the main event, five other contests were revealed: Cub Swanson vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri at featherweight; Court McGee vs. Dominique Steele at welterweight; Zak Cummings vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio at 170 pounds; Marcin Tybura vs. Viktor Pesta at heavyweight and Thales Leites vs. Chris Camozzi at middleweight. UFC Fight Night Salt Lake City takes place at Vivint Smart Home Arena and airs on Fox Sports 1.
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 1:00AM by RhythmAndStyle - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Anthony Pettis faces Charles Oliveira in featherweight debut at UFC on FOX 21
(mmafighting.com)
Anthony Pettis has his first opponent as a featherweight. The former UFC lightweight champion takes on Charles Oliveira at UFC on FOX 21 on Aug. 27 in Vancouver, FOX Sports reported Wednesday, per UFC executive Tom Wright. Pettis (18-5), once considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, lost three straight at lightweight before deciding to move down a weight class. "Showtime" dropped the belt last year to Rafael dos Anjos, then fell to Eddie Alvarez and Edson Barboza. Pettis, 29, is also now doing part of his training camp at JacksonWink MMA in Albuquerque.
Submitted Jun 15, 2016 3:50PM by tildengolfer - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Will Brooks signs with UFC, meets Ross Pearson at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale
(mmajunkie.com)
Top free agent lightweight Will Brooks (17-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has signed a six-fight deal with the UFC and will meet Ross Pearson (19-10 MMA, 11-7 UFC) at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale. MMAjunkie today confirmed the booking with UFC officials. Brooks currently sits at No. 11 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings. As MMAjunkie previously reported, Pearson was expected to face James Krause at the event, but Krause was forced to withdraw from the card.
Submitted Jun 15, 2016 3:32PM by Shawn91111 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Tim Means got job as metal fabricator during USADA suspension, hopes to return in August
(mmafighting.com)
Tim Means is ready to get back inside the UFC Octagon. The welterweight fighter was recently suspended from competition after being flagged for a banned substance prior to his UFC Fight Night 83 main event showdown against Donald Cerrone in February. In the wake of the USADA violation, Means maintained his innocence, asserting that either the testing machinery or one of his supplements was tainted. Recently, Means and his legal team reached a settlement with USADA. Means would accept a six-month suspension, retroactive to February, after extensive testing proved one of his supplements to indeed be tainted.
Submitted Jun 14, 2016 10:20PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Kron Gracie to Face Hideo Tokoro in Featherweight Bout at September Rizin Event
(sherdog.com)
Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Kron Gracie will lock horns with former Bellator, Dream and K-1 talent Hideo Tokoro at Rizin Fighting Federation’s September event. The promotion recently announced the bout, which will be contested at featherweight. A date has not been revealed for the card, but it will also feature the beginning of an open-weight tournament that will include former UFC and Pride Fighting Championships star Wanderlei Silva. The event will take place at Saitama Super Arena in Japan. The promotion is expected to hold a press conference announcing further plans for the card in the near future.
Submitted Jun 14, 2016 7:19PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Cub Swanson vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri targeted for UFC Fight Night in Utah
(mmafighting.com)
A featherweight fight between Cub Swanson and Tatusya Kawajiri is in the works for later this year. According to sources, the fight is currently slated for UFC Fight Night 92 on Aug. 6 in Salt Lake City, Utah. It has yet to be officially announced by the promotion. Swanson (22-7) is coming off a unanimous decision over Hacran Dias in April, while Kawajiri (35-9-2) most recently dropped a unanimous decision to Dennis Bermudez in February.
Submitted Jun 14, 2016 7:09PM by JLS1980 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
James Krause withdraws from The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale, UFC seeks new opponent for Ross Pearson
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC lightweight James Krause 23-7 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has withdrawn from a planned meeting with Ross Pearson (19-10 MMA, 11-7 UFC), and the promotion is currently seeking a replacement opponent. MMAjunkie today confirmed Krause’s decision with UFC officials. The bout was set to take place at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale, which takes place July 8 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. The current lineup for The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale includes: Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha – for for women’s strawweight title opponent TBA vs. opponent TBA – “TUF 23” light heavyweight tournament final opponent TBA vs. opponent TBA – “TUF 23” women’s strawweight tournament final Ross Pearson vs. opponent TBA Doo Ho Choi vs. Thiago Tavares Andrew Holbrook vs. Joaquim Silva Fernando Bruno vs. Gray Maynard Cezar Ferreira vs. Anthony Smith Li Jingliang vs. Anton Zafir John Moraga vs. Matheus Nicolau Kevin Lee vs. Jake Matthews
Submitted Jun 14, 2016 11:55AM by Budgellism - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sam Sicilia itching for return, eyes Dennis Siver in Hamburg
(mmajunkie.com)
It’s been six months since UFC featherweight Sam Sicilia (15-6 MMA, 5-5 UFC) has set foot in the octagon, and he’s anxious to book a return. And if it’s going to take playing matchmaker to get a fight, Sicilia said he’ll take Dennis Siver (22-11 MMA, 11-8 UFC) at September’s UFC Fight Night in Hamburg. “I would love that fight,” Sicilia told MMAjunkie. “I have always wanted it. I feel like it’s appropriate right now. “Nothing against him personally, but I’ve always just watched him fight and gone, ‘Oh, come on. Give me that guy. I would love it.'”
Submitted Jun 14, 2016 11:54AM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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